After five weeks in France our sixth and last week in Loches was a fitting end to our trip. This is an easy small town to negotiate on foot and our apartment was directly below the fortified walls so access to the Royal Apartments was a simple affair. We walked around the walls and then in through the main gate. Good views can be seen of the surrounding countryside to the nearby village of Beaulieu-les-Loches where we walked to across the botanical fields and spent a few hours before having lunch at L'Estaminet.
The Royal Apartments of Charles VII, Agnes Sorel, Anne of Brittany are now sparsely furnished, however, the history is interesting. Agnes Sorel was the first officially recognised Royal Mistress, and gave birth to three daughters. The apartments were visited by Jean d'Arc, who was instrumental in Charles taking the throne of France at Rheims.
The fortifications were built by the Black Falcon, Foulques III Nerra, the Count of Anjou in the 11th century, and the Church of St Ours can be found between the Royal Apartments and the Keep. The Duke of Milan, a patron of Leonardo Da Vinci and the man who commissioned the Last Supper at the Santa Maria della Grazie in Milan, was imprisoned in the donjon of the keep after losing his fight with Louis XII. He died there in 1508
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